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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 956
Gots: 404 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 12-29-2006

2006 - 12oz bottle
2007 - not released
2008 - 12oz bottle
2009 - 750ml bottle
2010 - 750ml bottle and Groucho glasses label change
2011 - bottle date added to label
2012 - 500ml bottles
2013 - 500mL bottle labeled 12/2013
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Photo of jdaelhousen
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour produces a pitch black colored body with a large, "milk shake" frothyness of brown head. Aroma just bursts notes of roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and a noticeable earthy hop. Grains smell fresh and this fresh roast aspect makes for an attractive overall aroma makeup. Upon first sip, immediately noticeable is the mouthfeel. The body is so thick and creamy, it can be felt on the lips and on the palate. Flavor at center is very roasty, coffee notes given off from the roasted barley. There are some woody aspects in the center, but the finish rounds out with a hell of a lot of sweetness. Earthy hop counterbalance cuts through the thick malt sugars at the finish, leaving some grainyness that mixes well with the roasted malts. Finish leaves an impressive flavor of enhanced chocolate flavor while the thick stout disapates from the palate. Overall, this beer is a knockout, and ABV is well hidden making the beer quite drinkable (though very filling!).

Photo of medic25
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to have this available as a local brew. This beer is an incredibly opaque black with a slowly developing brown head. Smell is actually a little sweet along with the burnt aspect. Taste is incredible. Sweeter than you might expect (almost milk stout-ish), with elements of coffee, chocolate, and just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and clingy in a totally great way. Very drinkable for such a big beer; a pleasure to enjoy this one tonight!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours like the other elite stouts I have come across. Ink black, little to no light enters the outermost surface of the beer. A creamy, luscious latte colored head sits on top and hangs around forever. One of the beast reataining heads I have seen on a stout. The beer laces so very well. It looks delectable.

S-A very unique scent. I think it smells like a big, bold Milk Stout. Acoompanied by the milkyness I get the standard rich chocolate and coffee. Smells great. Hope the taste follows the look and aroma.

T-Tastes like luscious liquid chocolate. Giant coffee slaps the tongue as well. I get some delicious black licorice as well. Vanilla hints add complexity. The beer's alcohol is masked excellently. I find this to be one of the heaviest chocolate bombs. Mild hops stick on the tongue as well. So very complex and awesome.

M-Very full and thick. Creamy and viscous. Definately a 5.

D-Polishing off this 750ml way too quick. So delicious and awesome.

I have begun to try some of the big-time stouts available in my area and this one sits right near the top with me. Very delicious, right down my alley in terms of the style.

Photo of Pahn
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Pours a semi-translucent dark brown and leaves leggy, spotty lacing that doesn't really stick around.

Smell: Smoky and chocolaty. The smell is not so much full of distinct notes as it is a blend of somewhat herbal hops, prune, and rich malt. It's a little hard to describe actually, but very nice.

Taste: Follows the nose, with smokiness and chocolate up front, followed by something between prune and cherry, leading to a nutty, roasty finish. Decent amount of hop bitterness and flavor; more than the average RIS, but it matches well with everything going on (and as chocolate and roasted malt forward as the taste is, there isn't much bitterness coming from those elements, so the hops don't make the overall bitterness overpowering at all).

Great mix of sweetness and roasted flavors. There's coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate flavors that, while difficult for me to describe, all have a lot of distinctive character (as opposed to being dull or muddled or generic).

Both the taste and the smell could be 4.5, so I decided to split the difference and give the 4.5 to smell and 4.0 to taste. Could go either way for both really. The only "flaw" with the taste is that it could be more complex, though the flavors that are there are bold and good.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full-bodied, lots of carbonation. It's more bubbly than I want it to be, but it's not a big deal. Not dry.

Drinkability: Solid, distinctive Russian Imperial Stout that matches New England winters well.

While NEBCO's Imperial Stout Trooper is definitely one of the better RISs around, I don't think I'd pay $16~ for it that often. If big stouts are your favorite kind of beer though, it's at the very least a must try.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bomber (capped not corked!?) poured into a Chouffe tulip; 2010 edition

Big thanks to dcguitar for procuring this for me

Sits an ink black with a huge, bubbly, foamy mocha color cap. Excellent retention with huge gobs of sticky lace all over the sides. This is a great looking beer.

The nose is primarily of charcoal and dark cherries. I get grassy hops in here too, and a decent amount taboot. There's an extremely bitter quality that breaks through everything and bears to be reckoned with. It's a mix of espresso, hops and dark chocolate. I'm not particularly fond of the aroma overall; it's promising, but neither big nor bold enough for me to give a higher score.

The flavor profile is more what I was looking for out of the nose. A heavy char is dominant and overpowering. Dark cherry and black licorice poke and prod their way to the front. Then there's that bitterness again, steamrolling its way down the middle. It's like an ultra concentrated shot of espresso mixed with dark chocolate and hops. I must say that as this beer reached room temp, the flavors melded extremely well together, so I bumped the score up a notch.

I let this guy sit out for about a half hour before I popped the top, so It was near perfect temp when I began. As I move my way through the bottle, the mouthfeel gets better and better. Velvety smooth, lush and creamy. A big, heavy body though. Grassy hops mix with espresso/chocolate to linger long and hard.

Considering the weight and abv, this guy is definitely a sipper and I enjoyed every sip. This is a well made RIS and I can surely see why it earns top tier consideration.

Photo of Daktyls
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle has a Storm Trooper helmet with "disguise glasses" on, not sure if that signifies some sort of difference from the one in the picture or not.

A: Pours a deep dark, motor oil color with a tan one finger head that gives way to a fine lacing on the glass and a thin layer of larger bubbles on the surface.

S: Less chocolately and coffee notes than were expected from an RIS, but quite a bit of roasted and burnt malt scents. Also a bit of hoppiness and a slight hint of alcohol.

T: There's the chocolate, mocha and coffee notes. Dark, bitter chocolates, mocha and bitter coffee notes are present in the taste along with the roasted malts from the nose. Also a very slight taste of hops on the finish.

M: Very velvety smooth for a full bodied beer, low carbonation which you can detect but doesn't take away from the creaminess. Alcohol is present but does not effect the feel.

D: Very drinkable, I'll certainly be keeping an eye out in the store for this one. Might even knock on the breweries door asking for this in growler form.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Tulip Glass. 2010 Vintage just bottled a couple weeks ago so this stuff is fresh.

A- Pours pure black with absolutely no light coming through and a nice brown fluffy head on top about 1 or 2 fingers. Really thick sticky lacing.

S- Really nice roasted malts that give off a ton of sweet chocolate notes and slight mocha coffee but barely there. Definitely a good amount of hops in there as well and some slight alcohol as it warms but not bad.

T- Really creamy sweet chocolate malts up front but after it goes down you get a loads of burnt roasted flavors and a nice coffee flavor. Has a nice strong hop bitterness in the finish as well and slight alcohol as it warms up.

M- Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall this is a great Stout no doubt. Although i think it tastes better with age. I compared this with my notes for the 09 and it only improves as it mellows out.


Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 - 750ml

Awesome bottle/artwork! Pours an inky black with a tremendous, creamy, light brown head that goes nowhere. Great lacing. Smells of rip dark fruits, roasty, char, raisins, molasses. Taste follows with sweet rip dark fruits at first which then completely turns to a heavy roastiness and charred flavors. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is creamy, not really heavy, and finishes dry and roasty. Very drinkable.

Photo of begforme4484
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler and a few bottles right from the brewery. Great work on the new label, rofl.

Pours black. 1 1/2 fingers of light brown head that receded quickly to a nice ring on the edge. Lacing is sticky and spotty.

There are lots of roasted malts on the forefront of the nose. Nice hints of dark chocolate and some dark fruits too.

This is easily one of the best stouts that I've had. Great amount of malt sweetness. Roasted malts and a coffee flavor come in an bitter it up. A hint of raisins helps finish out the slightly bitter hoppiness in the end.

Full bodied, viscous, thick. Very nice feel for a stout.

The drinkability is very high. I split the growler between myself and family on Christmas. Each one that tried it, loved it. From a fellow craft beer enthusiast(brother), to a regular drinker/borderline alchoholic(father), and someone that hardly ever drinks beer(Bro's GF).. it was a hit.

Photo of Blanco
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into spiegelau tulip. the beer is a deep black color with light brown head. head has strong staying power and nice lacing. smells is of sweet chocolate and a light hint of coffee. slight aroma of hops when i take deep whiffs. the taste is more of the chocolate from the aroma and slight hint of bitterness. mouthfeel is medium-bodied. definitely a nice, drinkable RIS. it's not as big as some and as a result, goes down a lot easier. a very solid offering from NEBCO. My only quibble would be with the cost, but it's a small brewery from close to home so I'm not going to complain too much. I have two more bottles so I'll be interested to see how this changes over time.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. Pours a brackish dark brown color with a small, brown frothy head. Nice amount of sticky lacing. Aromas of dark, bitter chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee/cappuccino. Taste is a nice big hit of dark, bittersweet chocolate upfront. Surprising amount of hop flavor to it. A bit of a mocha finish to it. Overall, this beer has a lot of flavor and a nice amount of hops as well. A bit pricey but the perfect Russian Imperial to drink during the winter.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler into pint glass. $24 w/ glass, filled @ the brewery.

A- 1 finger oatmeal cookie colored head that comes to life with a few swirls. Beer is dark brown, not black.

S- coffee, mild sweet cream, bitter chocolate. Some undefined dark fruit sweetness.

T- Bold and impressive at first sip. Very bitter chocolate, bitter coffee and some mild fruit sweetness on the finish. Malt is big and toasty/roasty. This beer is balls-to-the-walls with flavor. Not for the faint of heart. I'm diggin' the earthy bitter hops here. Good lingering bitterness and chocolate notes.

M- Fairly high carbonation, substantial heft in the body. Nice finish. No qualms here.

D- High. Great stuff. I will be popping bottles of this fresh, the hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness is really the bee's knees. Well done, NEBCO.

Photo of modernartblues
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into my newly purchased Duvel Tulip. 2010 Batch.

A- Darker than the deepest black. Decent size brown head. Sheets of lacing hold up on the glass throughout.

S- I mainly get chocolate, but also roastiness and just a touch of floral notes from the hops. The nose (like the rest of the beer) changes drastically as it warms. This is a beer to be savored with all the senses.

T- Like I noted previously, chocolate is the biggest flavor for me, but as the beer warms I get a kaleidoscope of flavors including coffee, chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits, and more. Each sip seems to reveal something different.

M- Full bodied without being ridiculously overbearing, creamy and delicious, Perhaps perfect....

D- Stupidly drinkable. Make sure you have some friends to help drink the growler or 750ml or you are gonna get drunk quick. The only downside to this beer is the empty glass at the end of it.

Had several samples at the brewery and then the growler the same night. This beer is stupendous. I was only able to split a bottle last year (while I was sick) and had a hazy memory of the beer. This years batch blew me away. Right up there with the Abyss in my mind. One of my top favorite beers ever.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, 1st off such a great label. Pours jet black with an great tan chestnut head. Good retention with spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy on espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some licorice. Flavor is the same. Rich roasted mallts, espresso, and some chocolate and licorice. Bitter and dense. This beer has a distinct dark chocolate and cocoa finish. Such a smooth mouthfeel, nice and viscus, thick. Really quafable for a RIS.
I got my bottles filled at the brewery in front of my eyes. The NEBCO guys and gals are some of the nicest and most grounded in the business. Big respect.

Photo of circlenine
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery 12/18/10.

A: Deep dark brown with light tan head, about a finger and a half. Head subsides slowly into the brew.

S: Rich and deep. If you've ever smelled anything like it, you know what I'm talking about. If not, well, you're missing out. This stout reminds me of the gal from the high school dance that no matter how cute she was and how dorky one may be, she was definitely approachable from across a crowded room and there was no fear of rejection.

T: Amazing. Get one. Try one. Love one. Repeat.

D: This stout is smooth! Easy to drink whether on tap or from the bottle. At 8.5%, the ABV is just right so as to enjoy the full bottle and remember it when you're done.

Comments: Sometimes simple is better. This tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout should taste. At a time when other breweries are trying to do so many different things to stand out, I say Amen to NEBCO for keeping the RIS real and not trying to do too much with it. There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it tastes this good. Major kudos on the new label art.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler at the brewery. Thanks Matt & Rob for your hospitality once again. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Jet black, medium head.

S - Here comes the coffee!

T - Really get the coffe and chocolate. Great coffee bitterness afterwards.

M - Medium carbonation

D - Very easy.

Nice to get the holidays going with a good local beer. Happy to have had a growler rather than a bottle which will be snatched up shortly next week!

Photo of BranfordBound
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th beer review. (Yay!)

Poured from a growler that contained this stout which was still in the packaging tank at the brewery itself, literally a day or two old. Pours black, plain and simple, a one finger head of tiny bubbles takes awhile to form as this beer appears super thick. Leaves tons of little lacing spots. This beer has "legs", super thick.

Smells of piney hops, chocolate, and slight molasses.

Wow! Very strong, super malty, tons of stout goodness, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, coffee, etc. Ends with a nice roasted note in combination with a strong hop presence. Bitter. Aftertaste lingers. Like a strong Old Rasputin.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and smooth. Heavy bodied.

Well, if Imperial Stouts is your thing, then IST is the beer for you. Perfect for those who love Old Raspy, but crave a little more. About as drinkable as it could be.

"Drink it. It's good." - NEBCo

Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Split with my brother and Dad. Many thanks go out to dontcostnuthin for hooking me up with this bottle.

A- Pours a jet black color almost a motor oil color. One finger beige colored head that shows light retention. This kind of leaves a light cap on the beer. Some streaky lacing on the sides of the glass in light mention. This beer has legs though!

S- Big time roasted malts in the front of this one. Bitter baker's chocolate in the middle of this gives way to some light molasses tones that grow the warmer this beer gets. Also, as the beer warms the chocolate aroma gets stronger. Darker fruits seem to come through in hints throughout the entire beer..more so as the beer warms. Alcohol comes through in the ending.

T- Interesting as this isn't as over the top as I would expect. Chocoalte malts in the front of the beer with a light roasted flavor. More roasted flavor in the middle of the beer with a mix of darker fruits. Some light molasses notes with some last lingering chocolate malt in the ending of the beer. Alcohol comes in the ending with a warming hint as the beer itself warms. Simple and not over the top which I figured it would be.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Chocoalte malts with a hint of roasted malts left on the palate. The aftertaste is mostly alcohol, roasted malts, and a hint of baker's chocolate. The flavors are well blended for the style. No off flavors and it was crisp tasting as well. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer wasn't over the top but well made which made it a easy drinker. The ABV is well hidden making this almost dangerous. I am enjoying everything that New England is putting out and this is no exception. I would suggest this beer as it is a easy drinker without being over the top.

Photo of cope0021
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage
Pours a dark, viscous black that resembles motor oil. Thin, but persistant head with nice legs

Smells wonderful. Pick up a slight hint of alcohol, but not too much. Chocolate and slight fruit notes are also present.

Taste is exceptional. A lot of flavor, but not too much to be overpowering. A touch of bitterness, but it is well ballanced. Though the alcohol is not overpoweing, there is some deffinite heat on the way down.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beddachedda for bringing this to the Firestone 14 After Party at the Pour House yesterday! You rock Evan! Following review based on notes by Wiseman Nick.

Bottle date unknown. 4oz. sample poured into a Stone 12th Anniversary tasting glass.

Appearance: Poured pitch black with a tight brown head. Head quickly diminished to a thin crown, and then disappeared shortly afterward. Body looks thick, and is totally opaque. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Chocolate malt, roasted barley, cream, and light caramel. Pretty mild/weak overall, though I have been drinking some very intense beers tonight.

Taste: Dark chocolate, cocoa, oats, and molasses. Nicely put together, but pretty simple. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Malty, lightly carbonated, full, and roasty. Excellent for the style.

Drinkability: Mellow, roasty, and very smooth. Nothing to write home about, but enjoyable.

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a somewhat unimpressive head; still, the beer has legs and leaves streaks of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, dark fruit and licorice

Taste: Chocolate fudge, from the outset, with a hoppy bitterness that develops by mid-palate, bringing along currants, charcoal and licorice; coffee elements appear after the swallow, though it is ultimately dominated by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin

Drinkability: With the domination of the more subtle flavors by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness, this beer lacks some of the balance I seek in a hoppier style stout

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ol' Bomber. Storm trooper mask with stout in the goggles, ...how much did they have to pay Lucasfilm, to keep this gig going?

Aroma leaps out, it's a massive cacophony of dark delights, rich, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, ends on a dry note.

Look: Total darkness, with a nice toasted tan head.

Taste: Mmmm, a dark ale lover's dream. Warm, smooth, smokey, supple. Licks the palate with licorice whips, and tosses back chocolate frosting. Not too anything, in any way. Mmm, yummy. Gets deeper as we go, nice and whiskey-ish, smokey, dark and deep.

Dry, malty, smooth, and, did I say yum, yet? I'll say it again.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to classy mpetersen for setting me up with this treat in an early trade of mine. Can't hang on to it anymore, I'm excited for this one. And after a string of disappointing stouts recently, I'm banking on this to be decent. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip. First of all this beer start with a strong foot forward for a simply very cool bottle design. Bonus Points. The actual beer looks nice too! It pours black with about an inch of creamy looking mocha colored head. Nice retention and thin lacing. I'm impressed. Ah! A big roasty RIS, I've been dying for one. This has a big aroma of roasted malts that have a bit of a smokey aroma, followed by dark fruits, cocoa and what I can only place as leather. I can faintly smell alcohol, but I think I'm a drug dog when it comes to smelling it and it's not overpowering anything. This really smells great, I'm impressed once again. The taste is mirroring the smell mostly. Big dark roasted malts, a bit of cocoa and bitter coffee finishing with a slight syrupy sweetness and dark fruits. It ends with a slightly smokey and earthiness as well. The mouthfeel is silky and thick with subtle carbonation kicking in to nicely liven up the brew. One of the more drinkable and enjoyable Russian Imperial Stouts in my opinion. I'll certainly seek this out again.

Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Images of Darth Vader comes to mind when I grab this bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Lots of aromas going on in the nose including coffee, vanilla, and sweet malts. Medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced flavor. Sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark roast coffee with some bitter aftertaste. I know there was a lot of hype around this beer due to the Storm Trooper label not being used but this really is a good beer. May the force be with you.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SNXXX glass, this stout pours a Darth Vader black with a dark tan head that almost looks like tanned leather. The appearance is definitely as bad ass as the packaging.

S: The aroma is dark roasted malt, super bitter sweet chocolate, and black strap molasses. Classic RIS!

T: Flavor is stunningly simple. Everything is here that every stout made should baseline off of. A deeply roasted malt backbone made rich with molasses and bitter chocolate. Not much of a hop tingle which has seemed to become the latest trend. This brew is much comparable to stone IRS.

MF: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Almost perfect.

D: Drink is boarder line perfect. Really this stout is just sitting a little heavy on my stomach, but I have yet to have eaten dinner.

Overall, big thanks to portia99 for hooking this baby up!. I would put this stout on the order of Stone RIS for those who can't get it. I'd love to see more of this and lay one down, however at 8.5% I'm not sure how much this guy would improve.

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.